Despite this being the first post on this juice fasting blog, despite the title of this post being the “My First Step in Juice Fasting,” and despite having never juiced a day in my life, today isn't the first day of my juice fasting journey.
My juice fast journey started a few days ago, while I was sitting on my duff on the couch in my living room. Per the recommendation of a colleague of mine who recently transformed his physical health by losing 50 pounds, my wife and I watched “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.,” a documentary by Joe Cross about two men and their own experiences with juice fasting and how it helped transform their waist lines, health and overall outlook on life.
I've always been overweight, weighing in currently at a robust 270 pounds. My current lifestyle is very sedentary, as I work as the Operations Manager for an Internet Marketing company (translation = 10-12 hours of duff sitting in front of a computer everyday). Although I eat plenty of fruits and veggies and generally substitute turkey or chicken for any red meat, I don't exercise, I drink too much coffee, I'm constantly consumed with work and family (19 month old daughter) and I drink my fair share of alcoholic beverages.
Twice in my life I've successfully lost 50 pounds or more, but failed to keep the weight off. So at 270 pounds and 28 years of age, any motivation for a change in lifestyle is welcomed. Seeing my colleague's weight loss success and watching “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” provided the motivation I needed.
So before diving into the juice fasting fad, I researched to find out more about juice fasting for weight loss and body detoxification. After reading several juice fasting blogs and hearing more testimonials of personal success with juice fasting, my wife and I decided that we were up for the challenge of rebooting our lives with a juice fast, and today we made the first step in juice fasting by purchasing our first juicer!
Per my colleague's recommendation, I researched several juicers and landed on Jack LaLanne's Classic Power Juicer, which, which I priced online at Target.com for $99 (which is $10 less than it was in-store) and ultimately made my purchase on Amazon.com for $89, with free shipping!
Now that our juicer is on the way, my wife and I plan on easing in the juicing into our diet. We are planning on ramping up the juicing by substituting one regular meal a day for a few days, then two, leading up to our first 7 day juice fast, which we plan on doing at the beginning of May! If all goes well, it's my personal plan to challenge myself to a 30 day juice fast later this summer.
In future blog posts, I'll be posting before/after pictures, discussing our experience during the juice fast and posting any decent juicing recipes and references we come across during our juice fasts. One great feature about this blog is that I want anyone who has done a juice fast of their own to share their stories with us – either positive or negative – so that we can get multiple, balanced perspectives on juice fasting for weight loss and detoxification.
For now, I can't wait for my new Jack Lalanne Power Juicer to arrive!